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Police chase ends in fiery crash, two dead
December 12, 2005, 12:00 AM Daily Journal wire report
A man driving a stolen car was killed in a fiery wreck that also took the life of a man in a different vehicle early Sunday morning.

An off-duty San Francisco Police Sergeant initially became aware of the vehicle while driving in the city near Van Ness Avenue, California Highway Patrol officer Shawn Chase said.

According to Chase, the suspect was driving erratically, prompting the sergeant to run a license plate check on the vehicle, a Volkswagen Jetta.

When the vehicle came back listed as stolen the sergeant followed the driver as he turned onto southbound U.S. Highway 101, according to Chase.

More San Francisco police officers were called in to track the vehicle, never exceeding speeds of 55 mph, Chase said.

Once the suspect began to travel southbound on Interstate Highway 280 the pursuing officers cornered him near the John Daly exit, according to Chase.

The suspect then made a U-turn in the middle of the highway and began to drive against traffic reaching speeds of 70 to 80 mph, according to Chase.

The subsequent head-on crash, which was reported at 5:57 a.m., involved the suspect’s vehicle and another car, a Nissan Sentra, on the highway just north of John Daly, according to Chase.

The suspect was ejected from his vehicle after it rolled and caught fire, Chase said.

Both the suspect and the male victim in the other car were killed in the crash. There were no passengers in either vehicle, Chase said.

San Francisco firefighters arrived on the scene with lifesaving equipment including the Jaws of Life, but were unable to save the lives of the victims.<

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